Students give back to the Community
As part of their Diploma of Community Service work, students from Holmesglen organised two exciting outreach events for the local community. One group were inspired by Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation and the other by Family Life, who assists families, children and young people as well as making our society a better place for everyone.
Both groups of students organised a range of fun and engaging activities for the participants. Some of these included making stress balls, yoga/stretching for relaxation, cup-cake decorating, a dress-up photo booth and also face and nail painting. Participants also received "show bags" with healthy snacks and information booklets. Numerous community organisations and businesses donated food and gifts for the event, including Headspace, Carman's, Priceline Bentleigh, Source Direct and Bunning's.
The Holmesglen students found they gained valuable experience in working with young at-risk clients as well as clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The skills that they gained from organising this event include liaising with community organisations, teamwork, maintaining client confidentiality, practising duty of care and dealing with health and safety concerns.
The students were thrilled with the enthusiastic response they received from their participants, clients and sponsors. They had such a positive response, the Family Life invited the students to come back and participate in facilitating the homework club every week.